Not sure where to start? Begin your Crystal Healing journey with these Must-have crystals for beginners. Discover seven essential crystals NOBODY should be without…
So Many Crystals, Where Do I Start?
The Crystal Kingdom is vast and with many newly discovered and rare crystals catching our eyes in the shops, or on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. If you’re new to crystal healing it can be overwhelming.
Perhaps you’re not sure where to even start? Maybe you have been distracted by some of the more exotic crystals and your crystal collection is lacking some of these core crystals? This article should help you.
Why These Crystals For Beginners?
I recommend these crystals for beginners, firstly because they are must-have crystals. I do not think your crystal collection would be complete without these stones. Their properties and uses are so valuable, yet they will not cost you the Earth! They are all affordable, easy to find and have distinctly different energies.
“These are crystals you will be working with for a lifetime and keep going back to over and over again!”
Tumble Stones or Crystal Points?
Please note that all you need, if you are just starting is a tumble stone (aka Tumbled Stone) which are easily available everywhere. These polished crystals are easy to carry on you and place on your body or Chakras. To learn more about Chakra Balancing with crystals check out my beginners guide Crystal Healing For The Chakras.
Some of the crystals on my list such as Quartz and Amethyst are also available as raw, polished or cut crystal points. These will cost a bit more. They are worth it later on as you progress and start to learn and sense how the form of a crystal affects its energy.
Crystal Healing Properties and You
Although I include my take on some of the main properties of these crystals for beginners below to start, never ignore how you feel. Try the stones out and see how they work for you. Meditate with them. You will over time build your relationship with each crystal.
Clear Quartz: The Master Healer
An essential crystal healing tool and a good choice for your first crystal. Do not be fooled into thinking this crystal is boring. Clear Quartz crystals are probably the most versatile crystals and can be programmed for any purpose. They can direct energies and enhance the energy of other crystals. Quartz is cleansing, helps bring clarity while also keeping your energy and aura bright and strong.
Amethyst: The Psychic Powerhouse
It may be suitable for beginners but it can still blow your socks off (it has intense energy). Super spiritual Amethyst connects you with your spiritual power. Deeply cleansing, this violet form of Quartz purifies and transmutes negative energy. You can also use Amethyst for protection and developing your natural psychic abilities.
Tiger’s Eye: The Confidence Builder
This banded golden-brown stone carries a more masculine energy. Tiger’s Eye is the ideal crystal for helping you build your self-confidence and self-belief. You can also use Tiger’s Eye for protection too. This golden stone connects us with the Earth, making it a good choice for grounding yourself.
Rose Quartz: The Earth Mother
Possibly the ultimate comfort crystal. Rose Quartz is the Mother of all crystals. Gentle and soothing, it helps heal emotional pain. Opening the Heart Chakra it allows you to feel compassion for others and yourself. This is a crystal for attracting loving relationships but also the self-love stone.
Hematite: The Knight
This dark grey metallic crystal shields you from psychic attacks and negative energy. Hematite strengthens your aura while defecting harmful energies, pulling them into the Earth for healing and transmutation. Hematite is the knight of the crystal kingdom.
Smoky Quartz: The Negativity Buster
This form of Quartz crystal can be brown to smoky black in colour. Smoky Quartz absorbs negative energies from around you or those created by our own negative thought patterns. This is also another good crystal for grounding and protection. It anchors the Root Chakra and works with the Earth Star Chakra.
Citrine: The Prosperity Magnet
This golden crystal is renowned for its ability to draw prosperity and abundance into your life. Citrine is also good for self-confidence as it opens up the Solar Plexus Chakra. This crystal can also be used to detoxify negative energies from the aura and encourage a more positive state of mind.
Connect With Your Crystals Guided Meditation
If you want to go deeper and connect with any of your crystals try this free meditation I made:
If you’re interested in learning more about crystal healing do check out my free Resources section by clicking Here. There is also a beginner’s guide series there you may wish to explore.
What was your first crystal? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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Ethan thank you so much for the effort you put into writing these posts. I am completely new at this and love the way you explain things 🙂
When I was like 11 I bought a rose quartz, I had no idea why, it was just pretty…I think I might still have it, but today I purchased my first crystal with a clear intention. It was Flourite, I did it because I read your book Discover Your Guardian Stone. I’m excited to start this new journey
Thanks again and best wishes
Thank you Abril, that means so much to me. I was seriously considering adding Fluorite to this list but had to keep things short. Fluorite is a great crystal which I think you are going to love. Glad you read the book 😀
I’m going to do spiritual healing with the words of God and crystals healing stones and the chakra. Just starting out.
I am 63 years old and have a long relationship with all kinds of stones. My father was with the State Department so I grew up in Asia but travelled with family to many places. My love of stones apparently began when I was 5 years old. We had visited the Parthenon in Athens and I picked up a small piece of marble that I stashed it in my pocket. Totally aginst the law but I couldn’t read yet. I picked up rocks everywhere we went and still do. Crystals have been a huge part of my life for 35 years. I enjoy reading your work very much. One can never stop learning, right?
Yes I think I started as a child with stones on the beach and other places though I do not have a piece of an Ancient Greek Temple! Glad you are enjoying my writing Lisa and yes I am learning all the time too and don’t think I will ever stop.
Hello where to buy these crystals
Hi Leena, all these stones should be easily available from anywhere that sells crystals where you live or online. All good crystal shops will have them. You may want to read my crystal buyer’s guide for more info or for places I buy from: https://www.ethanlazzerini.com/places-buy-crystals/
You know, Lisa, now I read your post, I just remembered something. I have a mental image which I have been carrying with me for a long time. I was about 6 yo. Somewhere in the Caucasus, with my mother and older cousin. He loved crystals. And in that place where we were walking on that day, they were everywhere, stones lying around covered with tiny translucent white crystals. I love them. I clearly remember picking one up and looking at it. My cousin picked up many. I also remember sizeable boulders with the same crystals on them, up and down that hillside. I think that that was where and when my long lasting relationship with and love of crystals begun. I remember feeling a special connection to them on that day, the first ever day I discovered such marvels existed. At six years old. Taly
Thank you for this great post! My first crystal was so many years and stones ago but when I asked myself the question Malachite came to mind ☺
I very much enjoyed all your articles. I was never interested in crystals, until I had a strange experience very recently, and was drawn so strongly to a stone called Rhodochrosite. I could not stop thinking of it, and it started a whole area of study for me.
Your articles are straightforward and fun to read.
Thanks so much for the feedback and glad you are enjoying my articles. I love Rhodochrosite, looks good enough to eat! 😉
My first was amethyst. I closed my eyes and the vibrations from it, made me but it! Makes a lovely pendant and makes my day easier.
You can never have to much Amethyst!
My first was an heritage ring with three amythest stones in it. Then there has been so many. I just love all the colours. I love them all
Thank you Ethan for such easy to understand instructions. I absolutely love crystals, my first was Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Lapis Lazuli. I’m grateful that I came across your as it’s so clear and concise advice. Have a lovely day from Susie
Thanks Susie for your positive feedback, it means a lot to me!
My first real crystal was a lovely Amethyst generator. My best friend had just passed away and I was devastated. I came across the Amethyst at work and brought it with me as I traveled across the country to attend the memorial service. That Amethyst took very good care of me and opened me up to the whole world of crystals. I constantly study and learn and collect and have included them in a daily meditation. It also prompted me to start to make crystal jewelry. In other words crystals changed my life for the better. I just happened to stumble onto your site today and wanted to say thanks for sharing your knowledge of crystals. I have grown so much and will continue to grow and learn with the wonderful energies of crystals.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story 🙂
My first crystal was my amethyst. I love it. I do have an array of tumbled crystals that I purchased at Earthbound store at the mall. I haven’t actually sat to study each one as of yet, but I do own the little crystal bible book. I will look into your tabs on another day. I was glad to read what these beginning crystals are used for. On a personal note, I gave my daughter in law a bracelet with rose quarts and i ended up having a grand baby 9 months later. Made for a happy grandma.
Thanks for sharing your great story Lucee ☺
My very first was a gift from my godmother. a little pink quartz. Very disappointed, (I was about 6 years old) I put it in a box and forgot about it! More than 30 years later, I read your articles , read your e-book and I remembered this little stone and found it !!! Today, I made my own grid , thanks to you, and I love it! I have so far about 20 stones chosen one by one! Thank you again for sharing such knowledge with us .
You are so lucky to have found it again after all these years. Glad to be of help Mary
Tiger’s Eye is probably the crystal that I’ve been drawn to more than any in my life. I feel that it does help me build confidence when I use it. I’m also a Capricorn, being an Earth sign would naturally draw me to toward a crystal with high levels of Earth magic.
My very first remberance was of ring that my dad got me at 4 of an emerald, I wore it all the time, unfortunately I lost it when playing outside and never did find it. I cried and cried. I still physically hurt when I think about that ring.
All of your pictures appear to have very large crystals in them, as a stay at home care giver for my disabled husband, I don’t have a lot of spending money, and therefore many of my crystals are much smaller, much much smaller, does that make a difference. That being said I have always been drawn to rocks and crystals, have several, but am just now learning about them. Your articles are great and easy to read and have good, concise information in them Thank you for your great insight Melody
Hi Melody, thanks for the feedback. I use close up photography to capture detail of my crystals so they often appear bigger than they are. Most the pics are just 3cm tumble stones, even the standing points are only about 3 inches high. For personal use and jewellery you only need small stones. The larger crystal can have more impact but are best for the energy of your Home.
I have grown children. When they were young all 3 of them loved The Rock store! They have many stones and can identify most stones and fossils. Of course my kids over the years have given me some NICE gem stones.. They tell me to buy or accept the ones that talk to me. 2of my kids make and sell jewelry.
My first crystal was a gift from a friend. It is a clear fluorite. When I look into the crystal, there is a wave of purple inside. Then I got a small magnetized Hematite.
I am so glad i came across your site.
Thank you Danny. Glad you are enjoying it
Woah. I just learned what my Guardian Stone was… turquoise. I’ve always been drawn to it, and never knew why, other than it’s just so pretty. And I swear, I’m not just saying that!! I’m blown away…
Thank you for this discovery! And thank you for the information above, as I’m just starting my journey with crystals. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this. Quite a few people have contacted me with similar experience. You must be quite intuitive
Though I just started collecting and gathering crystals recently I do remember my first one was a few years back and at that moment I believe it was an amethyst I have always been drawn to them. When I recently started really looking into crystals this time around my first stone was at Garnet. Thank you for making these reads so clear and easy to just take in!
Thank you that means a lot to me! Glad to be helpful
My very first one was actually a geo-stone that was whole with a large crack in it. When I finally got it apart it was purple and white crystals. The most beautiful sight to my eyes that was back when I was 5 years old I had it all the way up to my first marriage were it disappeared. For the past 1 year where ever I go I find heart shaped stones I am drawn to them and really have no idea as of yet why. In the past year I have gathered everyone of them and have a collection of them going.
Black Tourmaline bracelet was my first! Not sure about it.
I purchased my first amethyst point crystal in a small shop in Bethany DE back in the late 80s. I was drawn to the beauty and the feeling. I realized that I had collected other stones over the years just because. I would like to take the time to lean more and work with my crystal. Thank you for reviving my interest with a wonderful article.
Glad to be of help Minerva 🙂
Thank you for this post! I have just recently gotten into crystals and your articles are very helpful in guiding my journey. Crystals were recomended to me by my massage therapist and I went into the crystal store with the intentions of learning more before purchasing. However I had a very strong response (ears popping/fizzing, warm hands, etc.) to an amethyst bracelet. I’ve purchased about 6 or 7 crystals since then! I’m really excited to delve more into their healing properties 🙂
Glad to be of help. Hope you enjoy the journey
Great article. I just wanna know when you say carry them do you mean in a purse or something or carry it in jewellery?
By carry I mean place crystals in a soft bag and carry them in your pocket. You can also put them in a purse or something more suitable. Needs to be close toy uour body for best effect. If better to use jewellery use that.
This was a great article to read as a newby in the crystal game. I have no clue where to even buy them and know that they’re real. Do you have any online stores you can recommend to buy the real thing ?
Thank you Kelsey. I just wrote an article with a guide to buying online and some of my personal favourite online stores 🙂 Here is the link: Good Places To Buy Crystals
I got a chakra stone set from my wife a few months ago. The stones were red jasper, carnelian, citrine, aventurine, sodalite, amethyst, and crystal quartz. I have learned to love them all but I was very attracted to sodalite and it was the first one I grabbed and held. I love using the chakra cleansing stone set but I much prefer using the stones for other uses.
My first crystal was turquoise but I have a hematite bracelet and a sapphire ring with diamonds
I have loved crystals and stones since a small child.i have always been drawn to them.the first tumble stone i bought was a carnelion. I couldnt resist it even though it was only small.i liked the feel of it in my palm.years later when studying it i discovered it had an eye inside. What does this mean?and what can i use it for?
The eye formation could indicate that the stone is good for psychic protection.
My mother and aunt had several crystals. I think my mom got them at my aunt’s advice after she got cancer. Unfortunately both are passed away now. I had my mom’s crystals, clear quartz, amethyst and a green one I dont know, for years on a windowsill until my 17 yr old daughter became interested in crystals and asked to keep them in her room. Since I heard the sun and moon cleanse them, I gave them to her. My own first crystals were rose quartz earings and necklace which I also gave to my daughter. Now I am interested and curious and bough a few tumbled stones. Garnet, my birthstones which I love and citrine which ive become attracted to and carnelian. I will add. Your recommendations to my collection soon. Im happy to have found your site because I know almost nothing about crystals but have become very interested recently
Always glad to be of help. There are more articles in the resources section that may be helpful for you 🙂
My dad was a tile/marble setter. He would take me to his shop, and I would pick pieces of marble. He brought me a piece of Onyx that broke off a coffee table.. I then picked rocks and fossils everywhere they could be found.
My first stone was the rose quartz. My step mother gave it to me in 2001 when her and my father got married. It came in a sterling silver dolphin pendant. Also the dolpihins where positioned around the stone in the happy position. I loved it so much. Then after my eight year abusive relationship I had left it at a friend’s house and for some reason I can’t get our schedules to match up so I went out and bought a rose quartz rubbing stone and a few others. I began to go to a mental health clinic to heal my brain from the abuse and because friend’s with many people. I ended up giving my rose quartz to one of them because she was always anxious in class and I knew it had helped me before. She says she still has it and uses it often. I need to get more of every stone. Today I have my clear quartz on me. Since I have been away from my abuser I have become more spiritual. And I love it. I love the way I can feel so much more of the earth and the way I can feel the negative and positive energies from people.
Hi I was enjoying this article took notes . Got on with chores .I live in a camp ground in southwest WA state. We are just coming out of a huge snow storm. My yard has been covered with snow for a week and a half .Today the snow melted. On the top of the bare ground I just found the biggest agate I have ever seen it got to be at least7inches by3and a half. .Makes me wonder how did it. Get there? No way I missed it before my area is is maybe 30ft ,by30ft. Is there something I need to be made aware of. ? What powers do agates have I know some don’t remember what right now. Just a little Awe-inspiring and thanks for the informative article on stones for beginers
Yes that sounds an amazing find and possibly holds a message for you. There are lots of propeties of Agate but one of the ones I feel is important is inner strength. They are also grounding and banded Aagtes can be very protective.
Hi Ethan, my first stone was a Rose Quartz I found at an artisan market last year. I lovedit and it opened me to the world of Crystals. Unfortunately it fell and broke and I buried it just today. I bought a new one today (along with others), and I’m gifting this new Rose Quartz to my little daughter, so that will be her first.
What a thoughtful gift. I am sure your daughter will love it
Thank you for this article and this website! I just stumbled upon it and looks like there is a lot to discover! I do not remember what my first crystal was…. maybe a quartz?? Ever since I could walk I had stones clenched in both hands .. mostly things I found in a garden etc … growing up I collected crystals, rocks and stones but never explored their meaning until recently. I don’t even know what most of them are .. I collected them for their beauty. I am excited to bring my collection back into my life and discover what treasures I have! Ps I started this collection in my childhood – 20s … I am now in my 40s ….. better late than never!
Thanks for sharing your journey with crystals Pam
What crystals do you recommend for in the bedroom? For a restful, peaceful, pleasant dream night. I sometimes cannot shut off my brain, so I do not get a very restful night. Any suggestion(s) would be helpful. Thanks!
I have a sleep Crystal Grid in my Crystal Grids Book and may cover crystals for the bedroom in future articles. Try Rose Quartz or Turquoise.
Thank You so much for all the effort if your beautiful easy to understande written blogs and explantains. I and very grateful to have come and cross your pin and then your Web page.
1st crystal I found when walking along a river bank was Pyrite but didn’t know at the time what it was. I was 5 years old. I liked it and held on to it till I got my 1st job at 18 years and then it seemed to vanish.
I was given as a present a pair of earrings with Ruby on my 16th birthday but again lost it when I started my job at 18. Was also given hematite bracelet and necklace which to date I have it but at the time I didn’t know what it was. Just loved wearing it.
At the age of 26 I came across a shop called mysteries and bought my crystals again not knowing anything about them but liked it n felt I needed something to let me carry on in life. Bought Clear Quartz pointed one end, rough geod form Amethyst, Cirtrine and Labradorite. Have since learned Reiki. Aromatherapy and Crystals and never looked back. I am ever so more hungry to learn more and always looking to increase my knowledge.
Love and light to all
Thank you for sharing your story Charul. Just glad to be of help on your journey 🙂
Thank you for this article! I’ve always been attracted to Amethyst, I’m going to buy one and Hematite, do you recommend any stones that help with pressure and stress, such as Exam stress? Thank you!
Hi Lucy, you may want to check ut these two articles: Crystals for Studying and Crystals for Stress
I’ve been reading a few of your posts as I am just starting out with crystals. I’ve been interested in learning about crystals healing and where to start so I haven’t purchased any yet. After reading some of your posts, with how clearly and easily you spell it out for people I feel so much more confident.
I can’t wait to read more and finally go out and find some stones that speak to me!
My question to you Ethan is would you recommend purchasing a few crystals starting out or starting with the one that speaks to you most and working with that for awhile first?
Thank you for your great feedback, glad to be of help. With the crystals it is up to you. If you feel drawn to one stone you could just go with that. Otherwise I think it is a good idea to get a few of these crystals and get to know them 🙂
Long before I was drawn to crystals and stone they were drawn to me. That may seem strange but for some reason people were always gifting me with them. I was probably 10 when my younger sister gave me my first crystal, an amethyst I still have, and from then on I seemed to get a new stone from someone several times a year. A couple years ago I was drawn to a crystal in a powerful way. It wasn’t labeled but I got it anyway and only a few days ago did I come across what I think it is. It appears to be a piece of baked amethyst and I was wondering if the properties would be the same as regular amethyst. Also I’m wondering why I was draw n to it so strongly. I have never felt that drawn to regular amethyst before. Any ideas?
Hi Megan, I feel that heat treated Citrine has a similar but less powerful energy than natural Citrine. I have used both.
I don’t remember what my first stone was, as I was always picking up rocks as a kid and when I was in middle school my parents and I had a small jewelry business with semi-trucks stones. We had a lot of Native American Indian friends and we were invited to public pow-wows for several years, socially and with our jewelry. I was extremely attracted to the gems, especially malachite and amethyst.
That was 20+ years ago now. I never used the stones for anything other than decoration or jewelry. But I’ve always had a strong attraction to them. I’ve continued to pick up rocks wherever I go, even though I’ve lost a lot of them over the years now. Recently I’ve been called back to the stones, in an even stronger way than ever before! And in a different way now, for healing! Emotionally and physically.
I never looked into them for that in the past, but I knew they were used for that. So, here I am, at a new stage in my life, using knowledge I’ve always had in a new way and adding to that knowledge. I pulled out my small collection of stones recently and laid them out next to the new ones. I found it interesting that my older ones were mostly grounding and amethyst.
Thank you for this great article! I have 2 to add to my collection; tigers eye and rose quartz. I can’t wait to take a better look through your website for more information.
Thank you KC 🙂
My first stone was a onyx, then I purchased a obsidian for my step father who was terminal ill, then years later I had a dream about red and gold I felt a need to go and buy 2 stones of these colours , A strange thing happened while in the shop purchasing these the lady assistant asked if I wished to feel the crystal spears in the window, I was given a smoke quartz to hold my hand and arm started to tremble , The lady reassured me it was ok and the crystal was connecting with me, I had the crystal put to one side and purchased it a week later, when I got home and looked at it I found it had the two colours I had dreamed of in it red and gold I love this crystal and feel it choose me . Thanks for all your great work much appreciated
Thank you for sharing Ruth
Just finished reading all about the beginning 7 must have Chrystal Stones. Were do I purchase all of the stones?
The article sounded interesting.
Hi Mary, all the stones are easily available from anywhere that sells crystals where you live or online. You may want to read my buyer’s guide Good Places To Buy Crystals
From a young girl I was always attracted to Onyx I have always loved stones but have only just rediscovered my love for them! The first crystal I purchased was a Tormalized Quartz to keep in my tarot box, I have recently purchased Bornite (Peacock Ore) as I absolutely love the shimmers of different colours especially blues! I was gifted some Aragonite (Sputnik form) and I have fallen in love with the natural rough formation and am now only looking for stones that have that raw look ( not the tumble stone) is there any additional reason why I may be attracted to this type of formation and does it even matter how the stones look? I finally found and purchased some Amethyst (natural rough formation) today too. I have just read through your suggested selection for beginners those will be the next on my list – any suggestions on the best way to cleanse the crystals I have been using rock salt but have recently read this can damage some crystals. Thank you for sharing you post
Hi Louise, if you’re drawn to raw formations then you should use those. Polished and tumble stones are more portable. For information on cleansing please read my article How To Cleanse Crystals Safely or visit the Resources page.
I’ve read in some book that carnelian is good for right side of the body. If it is true, what crystal will be hel;ful for left side?
Thank you for this!
Today I purchased my first Crystal’s 😀
They are Pink Agate, Tourmaline, Obsidian, Amethyst, and Clear Quartz.
Hi Ethan, it feel so great to come accross ur post. I start to like crystal and have myself some of the below.
– Black tourmaline
– Aurulite 23
And some small crystal.
How do i get these 7 must have crystals for beginner!! And how much will it cost…
Hi Nerly, all these stones should be easily available from anywhere that sells crystals where you live or online. All good crystal shops will have them. You may want to read my crystal buyer’s guide for more info or for places I buy from: https://www.ethanlazzerini.com/places-buy-crystals/
I’m currently picking Wicca back up and your article was exactly something I was looking for! This was extremely helpful to me on my journey to become a better person. Thank you!
Do you perhaps have any other articles here that might be of use to me? I’m going to bookmark this site so I can come back to it when needed. Again, thanks for writing this, it was very helpful!
Hi Laura, glad to be of help.If you check out the Resources page there is a collection of all my articles by subject. The top has a section for beginners or anyone needed a refresh: https://www.ethanlazzerini.com/resources/
Awesome!! I honestly wasn’t sure you were going to reply, since this article is a few years old. But thank you for doing so! I greatly appreciate it, and intend to use that link. Thanks again!
Why don’t all of the rose quartz have roses on them ?
Hi Ethan thank you for your beautiful articles very Clear To understand! I have bought your books. But I d like To answer to your question : my first crystal through which I started my crystal journey was a jet … jet is my stone.
Thanks for your support and feedback Francesca!
Always drawn to the amethyst, my first crystal….the first time I wore my cleared pendant, my dreams were all over the place! Now, I have just learned, from your guidance, it has always been my guardian stone! It called to my spirit and finally I listened! It ran very close to the quartz clear crystal. When I wore both…I felt like a power tower receiver! I had to remove them to get used to the incredible power I had never felt before. I have always known of my pisces cusp birth powers but this was incredibly strong vibrations! I am excited to finally learn to tap my internal gifts!! THANK YOU! I am sort of overwhelmed to start but my amethyst n quartz are great guides and protectors. I have been under attack from family and used to be friends, medical “professionals” and neighbors….DO THEY SENSE SOMETHING AND TRY TO DESTROY ME? Not now!
Thanks or sharing your Guardian Stone story Denise. Amethyst is powerful and Quartz will enhance it even more.
my very first crystal was a lovely clear quartz. I still have it, it’s been with me almost 20 years now! At one point it was broken in two, but it is whole now and has ben so for a long time. I have six out of your recommended seven, by the way. The one I’m missing is hematite. My favourite is blue lace agate for its gentleness and calming energy. It’s my ‘guardian stone’ to use Denise’s lovely and fitting words. I carry a piece with me wherever I go. It keeps me calm, and takes away my worries and stresses. Always. I love falling asleep with one in my hand. It calms me down and takes away the jumble of thoughts and emotions that I have been carrying with me throughout the day and allows me to gently drift into sleep. I have a very special tumbled one, very beautiful and smooth, that does this particularly well. I have brought it from a trip and it always reminds me of that special time. Blue lace is beautiful to look at, blue summer sky with white clouds in it. A calming image to keep in my mind ;-). I have a special connection to it, I have had it since I first laid my eye (and hand) on my very first one, which I still have, by the way . Each peace I have, has places/spots on it that I love to always keep my finger/fingers on. and move/rub them along it. That deepens my connection to each peace (and its own unique energy) and helps concentration and mental maps forming. Thanks for the article!
I love Blue Lace Agate too and yes such a calming soothing crystal. The colour is just like yu said.
I just remembered, right after my previous post, above, that even before my first bought quartz (as described above) came my rock quartz pieces, which I found and collected in Algonquin park (Ontario, Canada). There used to be a beautiful quartz vein (surrounded by pink granite), sadly it’s gone now. I have some other pieces from the same park, from that same time, but different area (with some fond memories attached). That’s what started me on my crystal journey and my interest grew from there. I have a large crystal collection and it’s still growing. I’m really glad I found this website. Thank you for creating it.
My very first crystal is obsidian… I recently purchased it, I have ptsd and lots of emotional baggage from grief I’ve never dealt with for 9 years. Hoping to learn more about them.
My first stone was actually a tiger’s eye, and I can’t really say how it came into my home, but I do know I have been drawn to it for quite some time.
My first stone was an opal. It was a ring that my parents gave me for Christmas one year because it is my birthstone. I have always been drawn to it because the stone is so pretty. It is a white opal. After developing neuralgia, and none of the medications for nerve pain working, I have decided to try crystals. I recently acquired a smoky quartz and can’t keep my hands off of it. I do have a question. Is Tiger Iron the same as Tiger’s Eye? I was looking at a picture and they look so similar that it made me wonder. Thank you so much for this article. I am now going to start my collection with these stones and crystals.
i’m the only person in my family that’s spiritual so when i was little all i used to know about crystals was that they’re pretty but i remember that i had a rose quartz polished into a heart and i would carry it in my pocket everywhere i went and now i’m mad because i can’t find it but i loved that crystal
My first stone was a green aventurine given to me by a friend for my 15th birthday. I still have it.
About 15 yrs ago I purchased a native American necklace with different animals carved from different crystals. Now I know why I chose it. Thru the years I have bought turquoise, hematite,jade, Larimer and aquamarine jewelry. When I think back to the time of my purchases and life, it all makes sense. Recently I was in Seattle at a jewelry shop…..the aquamarine bracelet called to me. Later I realized it was my deceased sisters birthday and this was her birthstone.
I stumbled across your website today. It has so much information that has sparked my interest and love of crystals. Thank you.
When I hopped onto your website I noticed a beautiful crystal on your front page. The one next to the amethyst on the left. Could you please let me know what it is. It’s stunning!
Looking forward to downloading your books and learning more.
Thank you Paola, that is a Leopard Skin Jasper tumble stone I have had for a long time. Love it
My first crystals were amethyst, quartz and hematite.
I purchased your book, “Crystal Healing for the Chakras” from Amazon.com. It’s been really helpful.
Oh, thank you, Ruth. I really appreciate it and I am glad that you found it helpful 🙂
MaybI share this to my website?
You are free to share a link to this article on my website but you cant copy the text or have the whole article on your website though.
wow. I never even thoght Crystal healing was a thing. I want to start my journey with a list on whare to start, i have some Crystals, and searched up there properties, but i need a guide. thanks Ethan!
What crystal do I need to wear in pocket or purse for finaces, health and to sleep go-to bad restless dreams?
Hi, these topics are already covered in existing blog posts. Please visit the Resources Page to find them. You should find what you’re looking for.
Someone seems to have stolen this article and posted it over here:
You might want to DMCA them…
They also have this pin circulating:
You don’t have to post this, I just wanted to let you know.
Thank you so much for spotting this. Yes, you are right I did not give them permission to use this… I still can’t believe people do this on their websites and use it to sell crystals. I will try to get it removed. Thanks again.
I love reading your posts, I’m very new to learning about crystals, and have done a few online courses, but your blog has answered so many of my questions as a newbie. I’ve checked out some of the websites you recommend, that info is so useful. I’ve downloaded your free ebook and just downloaded Crystals for The Chakras on kindle, so I hope to get a better understanding of crystals and their powers.
I think my first crystal was a ring with a beautiful golden tiger’s eye stone, which I chose at the age of 15. I’ve always loved tiger’s eye and amethyst, but now I’m developing a love for so many of the beautiful crystals I see.
I have started buying a few from The Psychic Tree, would you recommend this company? I see they follow you on Instagram, but I’m not sure about the quality of their stones.
Thanks for the positive feedback, it is great to hear. I have not used that website before so I don’t know.
My daughter is 21 years and she has use anxiety when she writes exams I was reading on your website can She wear different braclets at the same time when she write a exam you are suggesting tiger eye, clear quartz I also heard about the amazonite I am not sure where to buy it as there are some many websites online I also looked on amazon
Thank you kindly
See my article on buying crystals online for recommendations Good Places To Buy Crystals
Thank you for creating the “must have list of crystals for beginners”. A friend gave me a nice amount of mixed crystals for my birthday and as much as I love the gesture and the crystals it can be overwhelming. This list helps to narrow down the crystals that I will start focusing on and simplifies a lot of my confusion. I have been reading a lot on your website, and I am very eager to start using crystals. Your website is so very helpful and informative.
Thank you so very
Thanks for the positive feedback!
I was reading this article to see if I already owned any of these and if I needed anymore (I’m just starting to learn) and I found out that I own Amethyst and clear quartz a probably more of these I haven’t looked for yet. I also read your ebook and found out my Guardian stone was Turquoise which I coincidentally own a lot of. So I’m just trying to share my gratitude that I’m able to find such good information at such an early stage of learning. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story and for the positive feedback, it is always great to hear!
I have 2 questions about this topic:
1. What is minimum size of the crystal you are recommended?
2. I have a few natural rough formations for Amethyst and a few more. Is it any difference with one big crystal to work with them?
Size is relative, please see my blog post on crystal sizes: Crystals – Does Size Matter?
My mom tells me that I started picking up rocks as soon as I could walk. I first started searching for fossils, but the first crystal I purchased was a large and very unusual single pyrite crystal. It was a school field trip to the zoo and I had one dollar. I know I was 3rd grade or younger, but don’t remember exactly when. I still have it.
Hi Ethan, i just recently got interested in crystals and been trying to learn and absorb all the info and your site has been really helpful. I have a few i’m really drawn to, but i just want to ask are these 7 crystals compatible to be put in 1 single bracelet? coz i just read that (at most) they might cancel each other out. Thanks
What you do is totally up to you but I personally would not wear them together unless I had a very specific and unifying reason to. A good group os seven that work together well is the chakra jewellery you see.
I bought a crystal bracelet but can’t find out what it is despite searching all over the web…. it’s a sky blue crystal with random white clouds. Do u know what it is and what it does?
Sounds like Blue Lace Agate, but you’d stand a better chance of an accurate identification by sending Ethan a photo.
If that’s okay with Ethan, anyway.
Love and Light
Where can I find these
Any good crystal shop or website will have these
When you go to look or purchase these crystal, how do you know that you are picking the right ones for you? I have often gone to stores, but I don’t seem to have a feeling that I know what to look for or to feel for – vibrations, hot, cold, there seems to be nothing that guides me that this is the right crystal that is made for me. Like a law of attraction to the stone. It seems to fluster to me and make me unsure of myself that I am doing the right thing. Plus if a store, sometimes there are so many crystals and stones, probably blocking each other out. Any suggestions on how to know what it is to pick out the correct one for our soul, that fits us?
I have a guide to choosing crystals that may help you. Please read How To Choose A Crystal
My 1st crystal was an Angelite pyramid. At that time I had just graduated from Animal Communication course. I went in a crystal shop and I look around and I bought an Angelite pyramid. I didn’t even know its name and what it does. Later on I read about it and truly I need it to improve my skill on animal communication. That was 5 years ago. I am still in love with Angelite very much now. I try to find it in any forms. I have tumble stones and bracelet now. That’s all I have because it’s very hard to find this stone in my country.
would like to know if you have a package deal for all seven beginner crystal if so how can I order them
Hi, sorry no I don’t sell crystals
your information is very enlightening as well as helpful looking forward to reading and learning more, I know crystals are very powerful.
My first crystal was amethyst. I was getting a lot of negative energy and was drawn to an amethyst bracelet. A former patient also have me a rose quartz years ago. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, she could see that I needed it.
I’m barely starting to do my research on stone/crystal healing. I’m very intrigued and thought this website was great, but I have a few questions. When I am starting my collection does it matter the size in which I get or do they all work equally?
Hi Renee, I think you might want to read my blog post about this Does Size Matter In Crystal Healing? Also, the resources page has lots more info for beginners.
My first was a piece of Amethyst, a vein as opposed to a pointed crystal, which I found aged 5 in a gravel chip (a pattern that periodically repeats, last time in March when I found raw Lepidolite on pale granite gravel.
Then Rose Quartz aged 12.
Then it really took off. I’m lucky now to have in my care some very rare and unusual crystals which I’ve accumulated over the past 39 years. Some of them I had no idea were extraordinary examples until very recently. For example, my 6″ Amethyst tower, which I’ve had for about 30 years, has a physical Phantom, as opposed to a colour zoning one, inside; one of my three largest Quartzes I just recently found out is an Enhydro as well as a Phantom, and I’ve also had that for about 30 years; I have a Smoky Quartz dragon egg that has the absolute most Phantom inclusions of any crystal I’ve ever seen as well as bronze Rutile inclusions; and that’s without four of the five rarest Tourmalines in existence.
Gotta love crystals.